"IMAGES" Photographic Art Gallery
August 2021
Down the road...
Dear friends,
Welcome to my monthly "PHOTOBLOG" newsletter, which I have been publishing for several years and have enjoyed sending to friends and clients in order to keep them informed of my current photographic interests, new works, upcoming exhibits and other Gallery events.
A new "subject" is at the center of each Newsletter, with which I present a short series of pertinent images along with any needed description and details, in order to allow my viewers to become more actively part of the discussion.
Most of the imagery displayed will be eventually on view at "IMAGES" Art Gallery, 14406 Detroit Rd., Lakewood, and of course I always welcome anyone's comments and interest in my work. The Gallery is open and I would be very happy to extend to all an invitation to contact us so that a personal "safe" time for a visit could be conveniently arranged, if so desired.
Any of these and other images could be custom printed/framed and become part of your art collection, based on your specifications and desires.
Over the years my recipients list has gradually grown, thanks to your interest and support, and I encourage you to share this "PHOTOBLOG" with friends and art lovers in your circles.
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A sincere "thank you" for your interested attention,
Marcello Mellino.
This month Photoblog was "born" out of a Willie Nelson's famous song: he talked about finally going "on the road again...", so, I thought of looking "Down the road" to see what's out there of visual interest! Actually, there is a LOT out there, of visual interest: it all depends on WHAT we are looking for and on HOW we look!
The point is that while "looking" is relatively simple, the actual "seeing" can be difficult at times; seeing is a lot more subjective that looking, and it could really be difficult at times, yet so enjoyable and rewarding once we manage to forget all the rest and everyone, and just allow ourselves to be drawn into that different reality, for a moment in front of our eyes...
I will share with you places and stories captured sometime ago, somewhere: the place doesn't matter, however, as it is the meaning, the intrinsic little message that I perceived at that very moment which has remained deep in my mind, only to re-emerge for some reason now...
A series of images with no obvious connections among themselves: it sounds rather crazy, but actually it made sense to me, as I reviewed my choices and recollected those moments as they happened somewhere...a closed kiddy Park on the outskirts of Rome really seemed very "Fellinian" and may be a little scary for some young visitors! The old bike leaning on the entrance hallway of a home in a Tuscan village: its contrast with the faded pink walls and the small votive altar upstairs was immediately eye catching. Friends on a joy ride on an old convertible in Put-in- Bay, totally screaming "Summer"...and a couple of CLE downtown spots, remnants of past businesses and of perennial hopes, if you've lived long enough around here!
An outdoor cafe' in NYC, with very modern, interesting background graffiti work, then a very quiet Calcata square with local artisans shops making their products available to the rare visitor. Next, some unique Italian Santas "hanging out" with the Christmas Season approaching in Trastevere, while the local horse buggies diligently await for the next tourist!
The naked mannequin in the store window was a sad reminder of a failed business, often the problem, even before COVID, for many small, remote Italian villages, where tourism remains scarce. A busy street scene near the NYC fish market District, with, below, some musical entertainment in Central Park. The very modernistic architecture of one of the more recent additions within the CLE. U.H. Campus on the East Side, whereas the idyllic garden was seen in Southern Ohio.
A view of the Umbrian country side, as I was driving into Tuscany a few years ago; next, street vendors in D.C. with plenty of grab food and drinks available. A Sunday open market with plenty of art and crafts, and, below, a couple of my favorite Southern Florida moments!
The bottom image is of Civita di Bagnoregio, north of Rome: one of several "ghost towns" found throughout the Italian countryside, as the local population slowly migrates away for multiple reasons.
"IMAGES" Photographic Art Gallery continues to show the "magic" of CLE!, a great series of new images of our City , with two displayed below.
We have finally been able to resume Gallery openings and events for you to safely enjoy; I realize the reluctance and hesitancy all of us are trying to deal with, as we attempt to return
to a "normal" life pattern. However I hope that curiosity, or a desire for the "new", or even the rediscovered pleasure inherent to savoring others' artistic creations might lead you to stop by again...we'll have the lights on for you!
See you soon,